Beijing, China: Former world number one Feng Shanshan hailed ‘the great potential for Chinese golf’ following the inaugural staging of the Ryder Cup-style Sina Cup.
Conducting proceedings from the sidelines at (Beijing) Shadow Creek Golf Club, Feng saw her ‘Red’ team race to a 17-7 success against Liang Wenchong’s ‘Blue’ team thanks to a dominating performance in the final-day singles.
Leading 8-4 overnight following the opening-day foursomes and fourball contests, Feng’s team won the singles by a 9-3 margin to complete an emphatic triumph.
More than the result, Feng was delighted at the quality of play in the unique event that featured a combination of mainland Chinese male and female amateurs and professionals.
“I’m really proud of my players who played incredibly from day one,” said non-playing captain Feng, the current world number 26 whose team included six pros from the China LPGA Tour and seven male amateurs.
“As a captain I did nothing important except logistics. I want to thank the Blue team for giving us such a great show. This fantastic event showed the great potential for Chinese golf.”
Feng’s sentiments were echoed by Liang, a three-time Asian Tour champion and former European Tour winner.
“We appreciated that Sina.com organised such a great event and provided a platform for professional and amateur players,” said the Guangdong golfing pioneer, who captained a team made up of six Chinese male pros and seven female amateurs.
“I believe everyone enjoyed this week and went home with fruitful results. I also made friends with many talented young players. Hopefully they will get better and better and come back next year and win this.”